We’ve all done it, sat around on eBay looking at buying a track car, so we’ve decided to do something handy and put together a list of our top picks for a budget track car under £2000. There should be something for everyone in here, so take a read and let us know which one you’d pick!
1. Renaultsport Clio 172
I’m sure many people will agree, when you’re looking for your first track car, a Clio 172 / 182 is one of the best places to start. You can pick up a 172 for around £1000 now, giving you a little extra spending money for some decent brake pads and some coilovers. With good power as standard and a short wheel base it’ll certainly give you plenty of enjoyment on track! Chuck out the rear seats and you’ll also get some decent weight savings!
2. Ford Fiesta ST150
Next up, coming in at the top of the £2000 budget is the Fiesta ST150. As one of the hottest hatches of it’s day the ST was a favourite amongst most enthusiasts, us included. We had one for 2 years and it was a blast! ST150’s are now available to pick up from around £1500 if you dare.. some decent coilovers or Eibach springs and you’re set! The only thing the ST will probably want for is a PAS relocation kit, as most owners will know, it’s current placement means the PAS fluid has a tendency to boil over a little.
3. Mazda MX5
Some people might not agree, but next up is the Mazda MX5. You can pick up one of these for well under your £2000 budget and have plenty left over for a good suspension brake set up. What’s more is it’s rear wheel drive so if you get bored of track days you can take it drifting! Oh, and it’s got pop up lights, which is a reason to buy one in it’s own right!!
4. BMW E36
Sticking with the rear wheel drive theme we’re going to suggest an E36. Mostly used as a budget drift car but still a great drivers car for the track! Choose something with a decent sized engine and strip it out and throw some shocks and springs at it, maybe a good brake setup and you’re all set. What’s more is at the minute BMW E36’s are relatively cheap still, but as more get wrote off on the drift circuits no doubt they’ll hit a premium soon so get in whilst you can.
5. Saxo VTR / VTS
Our last suggestion comes in the form of a early 2000’s boy racer favourite. The Citroen Saxo. You can pick a VTR up for peanuts these days, so even if you only did a couple of trackdays and then got bored you’re not really going to be annoyed with wasting so much money! It’s small, light and comes with heaps of cheap modifications due to how popular they were back in the day.
So, there we have it. 5 totally different cars you could buy and get on track with for under £2000. When it comes to track cars there are a million and one choices, but these are our top 5. What would you pick? Share your track cars with us on Facebook!